RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Review by Engadget

Tim Stevens at Engadget:

A five megapixel camera peeks out the back, while a three megapixel unit handles front-facing duties. That one is tucked under the glass and situated just above the seven-inch, 1,024 x 600 display that will threaten neither rods nor cones when on maximum brightness. It does, however, deliver great clarity and excellent viewing angles.

I would have thought there’d be a bit more about the display on the PlayBook since the single most important success factor for a tablet, in my humble opinion, is the display. The 1024×600 pixel format on the 7-inch PlayBook is weak. Yes, I know even the mighty Samsung Galaxy Tab has the same number of pixels, and the king of tablets, the iPad, doesn’t have much more. But, can’t we move beyond 1024×600 to something like 1280×720 on a 7-inch? For some 1:1 720p HD goodness? I’m sure it’s possible, but I’m not sure why no one’s coming out with one. The PlayBook is on-par in terms of resolution with the rest.

I guess Stevens is trying to say that brightness isn’t all that bright on the PlayBook? If so, like all other LCD-based tablets, playing out in the sun isn’t in the books (I try). But what does “great clarity” mean? Don’t all LCDs have clarity? And then viewing angles: what is considered excellent? And what about touch/multitouch responsiveness?

We’ll have to wait and see for someone else to do a more thorough review on the PlayBook’s most important asset: the display. To summarize it seems the display on the PlayBook is: not bad.